Last March, more than 300 canoeists from around the United States, Canada and Europe collected in a hole-in-the-wall Tennessee town to boat some of the Southeast’s finest rivers for the annual Ain’t Louie Fest. This year, ALF was dealt a blow few festivals have faced in the history of whitewater: a death on the river.

The reality of mortality cut across the boating community that week, and we all were shaken. So we did the one thing that made sense and how we thought we could remember our brother of the river. We boated.

This video is to remember Steve Senior and why he was at Ain’t Louie Fest.